United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Claudia Wilken, Chief Judge

Richard W. Wieking, Clerk of Court

Maximum Transcript Rates

Maximum transcript rates are set at the national level for all federal district courts by the Judicial Conference of the United States. The current maximum rates are on this page.

  Original 1 First Copy to Each Party Each Add'l Copy to the Same Party

Ordinary Transcript (30 day) 
A transcript to be delivered within thirty (30) calendar days after receipt of an order.

$3.65

$.90

$.60

14-Day Transcript 
A transcript to be delivered within fourteen (14) calendar days after receipt of an order.

$4.25

$.90

$.60

Expedited Transcript (7 day)
A transcript to be delivered within seven (7) calendar days after receipt of an order.

$4.85

$.90 $.60

Daily Transcript
A transcript to be delivered following adjournment and prior to the normal opening hour of the court on the following morning whether or not it actually is a court day.

$6.05 $1.20 $.90

Hourly Transcript
A transcript of proceedings ordered under unusual circumstances to be delivered within two (2) hours.

$7.25

$1.20 $.90

Realtime Transcript
A draft unedited transcript produced by a certified realtime reporter as a byproduct of realtime to be delivered electronically during proceedings or immediately following adjournment.

One feed,2 $3.05 per page; two-to-four feeds, $2.10 per page; five or more feeds, $1.50 per page.  
  1. The original includes a copy to be filed with the Clerk of the court for no additional fee, “Each reporter may charge and collect fees for transcripts requested by the parties, including the United States, at rates prescribed by the court subject to the approval of the Judicial Conference.  He or she shall not charge a fee for any copy of a transcript delivered to the clerk for the records of the court…. (28 U.S.C. § 753(f))” (italics added).
  2. A realtime "feed" is the electronic data flow from the court reporter to the computer of each person or party ordering and receiving the realtime transcription in the courtroom.

Important note: In multi-defendant cases involving CJA defendants, no more than one transcript may be purchased from the court reporter on behalf of all CJA defendants. See Guide to Judiciary Policy Vol. 6 § 530.20.20(a) and General Order 23(XIII). In these cases, if counsel for one CJA defendant requests a transcript that has not previously been prepared and delivered to anyone else, the court reporter may charge for one original. View the CJA transcript information page.